The Office of the IACUC

This office serves the research community as a means to achieve quality animal research in support of the Institution’s commitment to improve human health, and provides support to the Harvard Medical Area Standing Committee on Animals, which works to ensure that animal research is held to the highest ethical standards and carried out in accordance with regulatory requirements.

The Harvard Medical Area Standing Committee on Animals

A variety of research activities on the Harvard Longwood Campus involve animals. Extensive effort is made to provide excellent care for animals used in research and minimize procedures that have potential for discomfort, distress or pain.

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUC) oversee the responsible use of animals in research and instructional activities. The IACUC at this Institution is named the Harvard Medical Area (HMA) Standing Committee on Animals and was founded in November 1907, nearly 60 years prior to the Animal Welfare Act. The IACUC reviews animal research proposals (i.e. protocols), reviews the animal care and use program, and monitors the animal facilities to ensure compliance with standards and regulatory requirements.

The HMA animal welfare program maintains accreditation and licensing with the following agencies:

  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • AAALAC International
  • Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH)
  • Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife